I am viewed as "strange" or as somehow "fringe" by liberal counterfeit Catholic wreckovators within my local Church
Our "modern world" hates to be reminded of death, judgement, heaven, hell, purgatory and the end of the world. And anyone today who speaks or writes about these things must be demonized and cast as a freak because the "New Church" Catholics are uncomfortable with these realities.
Pope John XXIII would not have understood this spiritual sickness. He used as a motto for his whole life the following, entitled "Four Future Things":
Death, than which nothing is more certain;
Judgement, than which nothing is more strict;
Hell, than which nothing is more dreadfull ;
Paradise, than which nothing is more delightful.
(Journal of a Soul, Appendix 6).
Because I preach the hard truths men need to hear, I am sometimes accused of having "little mercy." And I am not entirely surprised. So many Catholics have been fed on chaff rather than wheat for so long that authentic Catholic teaching seems to them as something evil or hard-hearted. Years of consuming a diet of false compassion has wrought much havoc in the souls of certain people who are content with remaining mental and moral midgets.
Father Albert, a Dominican priest, writes, "If Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical on the Holy Rosary could speak (over a century ago) of the forgetfulness of man concerning future goods, what would he say today! The future goods and the future evils that await all of us after death are buried in total oblivion! The present life seems to be the BE-ALL and END-ALL of all things. Even in the Church, since Vatican II, all one hears about from the pulpit is social justice. To speak of Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Death and Judgement is considered strangely bizarre. Meditation on the Glorious mysteries of the Holy Rosary brings us back to reality!" (Dedicated Decades, Winter 2013, pp. 32, 33).
But then, most clerics (be they priest or deacon) no longer pray the Holy Rosary. They prefer worldly things to the Holy Rosary. Once prayer is abandoned, doctrine follows.
Today the Catholic Church is infested with many effeminate priests and deacons who are spiritually unable to offer the faithful the sound doctrine, the hard truths which they need to hear. And parishes are emptying.
The priest who not only does not encourage the involvement of masculine men but actively discourages the same is contributing to the demise of his parish. Strong masculine men set an example for the entire parish. When masculine men are encouraged and not relegated to the fringe, whole families will return to Church.
The Cult of Softness must go. Effeminate clerics who discourage masculine men must go.
Some years ago, I informed my parish priest that he shouldn't be promoting CCHD. See here. And although the priest in question thanked me in an email for informing him that CCHD was giving monies to groups which promote sodomy, abortion and contraception, I became persona non grata. Even though I volunteered to serve the parish in some capacity, I never heard from the parish. After all, we can't have a masculine male involved in the parish who might actually provide others with a good example of fidelity and courage.
Where is the effeminacy coming from? From the vice of luxuria. See here.
It's time to fashion a whip and drive the disease of effeminacy from the Church. One priest, in a comment left at this Blog, wrote:
I was the pastor of a large suburban parish of 2100 families for almost a decade. The effeminization of the parish was disastrous.
I immediately ended the feel-good, feminine expressions in the liturgy, ended the awful practices in the school masses which neutered boys and drove them away from the Church.
I preached constantly about the need to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, to serve him in battle, and invited men back to Church. The results were amazing. Men came back and stayed. Boys in 7th and 8th grades were invited to become Masters of Ceremony at mass, and were given cassocks and surplices to wear at mass. They loved it! They rose to the occasion. A visiting priest told me that he had never seen so many "normal men" at mass.
We junked liturgical dance, wispy, wimpy hymns, and hand-holding and all the rest of the emasculating practices. We promoted Confession endlessly, and saw a gradual return to the sacrament by many young men seeking to live a life of purity - and these are mostly men in their 20s.
We promoted Marian devotion by men and women, and saw a huge response.
I was asked to take on another assignment and had to leave the parish, but I left a solid young priest who will continue the good work The parish has grown in numbers and participation and collections.
The Lord has given us all the spiritual tools we need to draw people into the life of Christ: the sacraments, the Word of God, preaching and teaching the Truth, and the good work and example of good holy priests who are healthy and real men, as well as deacons who believe the Word and preach it and live it. The results are fantastic!
God is good.
Amen....let's get to work!